In the Mood for Love
Visually striking and achingly beautiful, In the Mood for Love is Hong Kong master filmmaker Wong Kar-wai’s most potent portrait of love and longing. One fateful day in 1962, Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) simultaneously move into neighbouring Hong Kong apartments with their respective partners. With their spouses often away on business trips and their overbearing landlady’s noisy mahjong sessions extending late, Chow and Su are often alone. Their passing encounters are brief, polite and formal until the two make a terrible discovery about their partners and a bond of intimacy, melancholy and heartbreak takes shape.
Why You Should See This Film
Considered by many to be one of the greatest films of the 21st century, Wong Kar-wai’s lovesick masterpiece is a tender study of loss and desire, led with powerful restraint by the iconic Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung through their brief glances, distant stares and late night wanderings to the wistful cello tones from Michael Galasso’s score. Recently restored from the original negative, Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin’s lush, sensual cinematography looks better than ever, begging to be experience in the darkness of the cinema.
- Year: 2000
- Rating: G
- Director: Wong Kar-wai
- Cast: Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Tony Leung Chiu-wai
- Duration: 98 minutes
- Language: Cantonese with English subtitles